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president bill clinton released a statement saying today the world has lost one of its most important leaders and one of its finest human beings. south africans gather near nelson mandela's home to remember the man that led their country into a new era. he passed away after a long illness that left him bedridden for several months. >> we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. >> reporter: mandela was born into approved family in 1918 and grew up to become a lawyer, but in the '50s and '60s he became active in the movement against apartheid in south africa. he was convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government and sentenced to life in prison on south africa's infamous robin island. after 27 years in prison mandela was freed. >> i cherish the idea of a new south africa. >> so help me god. >> reporter: he became south africa's first black president and crafted a new constitution. he won the nobel peace prize and traveled the world repairing south africa's image and promoting tolerance. he retired from public life but continued to meet with dignitaries from around the w
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